Opening Reception - Saturday, March 10, 1-3 p.m.
Storytelling Evening - Thursday, March 22, 5.30-7.30 p.m.
Helen O'Leary: Construct - Destruct
Born into an agrarian working class family, Helen O’Leary has successfully incorporated the simple humility of common Irish life into her work. By weaving together language, music, and art O’Leary deconstructs the conventions of provincialism into an informal and personalized statement of her heritage.
Limerick-born Richard Mosse, is a graduate of Yale and Goldsmiths College, London. His Infra series was featured at Dublin Contemporary 2011. The series comprises large-scale photos created using film that sees an invisible spectrum of light. Mosse uses this film, which renders greens in a range of vivid pinks, to photograph rebels – some of them mere children – fighting in the Congo. He describes his project as an attempt to make visible what can’t be seen – for example, how the lush equatorial jungle quickly “swallows up” traces of the violence.
|Colonel Soleil's Boys, North Kivu, Eastern Congo, 2010|
Photography, a not very well celebrated medium in Ireland, allows Richard Mosse to interrogate the delicate boundary between objective realism and phantasmal aestheticism in current events. Mosse’s most recent work Infra tarries alongside adolescent rebel militias through the war ravaged countryside of the Congo. Mosse remarks; “I arrived in the Congo I had crossed a threshold into fiction, into my own symbolic order” (Mosse, Aperture Magazine).
By negotiating a path through these politically charged landscapes, Mosse stares directly in the face of conflict leaving both sides of the story excavated.
Written by Edgar B. Ramirez.
- Edgar B. Ramirez is a graduate student of Philosophy at San Francisco State University interested in topics centered on aesthetics, visual theory, and contemporary ethics. He is currently seeking to integrate his analytic background with the subjective field of art criticism and sensory perception.